BUENOS AIRES, Jun 18 (Tierramérica).- Argentina has made rapid progress in the genetic identification of birds as part of the International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL).
“Of the 1,000 species of birds in Argentina, we have obtained the DNA barcode sequence of 4,000 specimens corresponding to 750 species,” scientist Pablo Tubaro told Tierramérica.
Tubaro is the director of the Bernardino Rivadavia Museum of Natural Sciences and coordinator of the iBOL project in Argentina, where significant progress is also being made in the identification of fish and arachnids.
Worldwide, the project has now identified two million DNA barcode sequences of 200,000 species and hopes to reach five million sequences from at least 500,000 species by 2015. The ultimate goal is to cover the entire universe of living organisms.
Residents of the Capital Clean Up Their Neighborhoods
TEGUCIGALPA, Jun 18 (Tierramérica).- Residents of 39 districts and neighborhoods in Tegucigalpa are participating in the Barrio Limpio (Clean Neighborhood) project, clearing trash from ravines, ditches and roads to help prevent flooding during the upcoming rainy season.
Lisandro Rosales of the Standing Committee for Contingency Planning told Tierramérica that the vulnerability of the Honduran capital makes citizen participation the best option for confronting the risks of natural disasters.
The areas of the city targeted in the first stage of the project are the ones where the greatest damages are reported during the rainy season.
But the initiative will eventually be extended to other areas of the capital, where three straight hours of rain can be enough to cause flooding, in large part because of trash clogging the drainage systems.
Rio to Offer Incentives for Sustainable Construction
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 18 (Tierramérica).- Rio de Janeiro City Hall has decided to encourage sustainable construction by offering a 50 percent tax reduction for certified building projects.
The Qualiverde certification system will allocate points for various sustainable construction components, such as green roofs, solar heating and energy-efficient lighting. The Qualiverde label will be granted to construction projects that obtain at least 70 percent of the total possible number of points.
There will be two different types of label: Qualiverde for buildings with less than 100 points and Qualiverde Total for those with 100 or more.
“We want to attain the level of European countries, where up to 15 percent of buildings are constructed in accordance with these standards,” architect Pedro Rolim of the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Department of Urban Planning told Tierramérica.
To enter into force, the certification system must be approved by the municipal legislature. *Source: Inter Press Service.
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